Look-In (1980) #17-29
Angus P. Allen
Artist: Martin Asbury
The fleet faces a double threat as a deadly fever breaks out
and the Cylons launch attacks, protected by a new long distance
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Notes from the Battlestar Galactica chronology
I've chosen to place this story after the
events of the Cylon
Apocalypse mini-series, since the Cylons react very
emotionally to the possibility of infection
by parahelial fever here, possibly because of the dreadful
nano-cybrid infection seen in the mini-series. In addition, it
is during this time period that Baltar is missing (having
escaped incarceration on the prison barge in
"Prison of Souls" Part 3, but not yet having returned to the
Cylons), so it makes sense that we see the Imperious Leader
plotting the attack against the fleet seen here.
This story appeared in thirteen issues of
Look-In, a UK magazine geared towards kids. The story is
told in comic strip form and appeared in two-page chapters of
The story itself is untitled. I borrowed the title "The
Battlestar Galactica Chronology on the
(this site was also the source of the writer and artist credit on the
story since there are no credits on the story itself).
This story features a previously unseen
ship of the fleet, Orestes.
The fleet suffers an outbreak of parahelial
fever. The term "parahelial" is not explained, but the real
term "perihelial" is used to denote a solar system body's
closest approach to the sun.
The hospital ferry launched from Galactica
to Orestes has a red cross on the top, just as many Earth
On pages 2 and 3 of the story, personnel in
the observation room of the Galactica detect Cylon
Raiders approaching. Possibly, this so-called observation room
could be the gigantic chamber manned by
technicians who monitor space for indications of approaching
enemies, pulsars, life-bearing worlds, etc. as first depicted in
the Color of My True Love's Hair".
On pages 3-4 of the story, a freighter
called the Laurentic and another, unnamed ship, are
destroyed by the Cylons in this story. On page 6, Athena reports
that four ships were destroyed in the attack. And the damaged
Orestes is lost and irretrievable from the Cylons at
the end of the story, though it is seemingly replaced by a large
Cylon shuttle stolen by Apollo from the Cylon baseship. This
puts the fleet at 210 ships, from 214 last known in
"The Hand of God".
Apparently all this damage to the fleet was
caused by just four Cylon Raiders in a sneak attack.
On page 7, panel 3 of the story, the two
crewmen of the Orestes appear to have name badges on
their uniforms, identifying them as Keever and Keggan.
On page 14 of the story, Boxey is described
and depicted as really laying it on thick to the other children
aboard the out-of-control Orestes, standing on top of a
medical computer bank and telling them all how his father is going to
get the ship back in control and fight his way through the
Cylons back to the fleet. Maybe this is an early indication of
his stage talent shown later in
Galactica, where he volunteers to take part in a
On page 16 of the
story, a pair of Cylon Raiders shoot beams at the damaged
Orestes that remotely shut down the ship's engines. Is
there a reason they're only using this technology now? If the
beams work against an undamaged ship, the Cylons could
virtually knock out the fleet one ship at a time!
On page 17 of the story, one of the
Orestes crewmen uses the minced oath, "for Pete's sake".
Considering it originated on Earth in medieval times and
references the Christian St. Peter, it seems an unlikely oath
for a refugee from the extragalactic Twelve Colonies!
Page 18 of the story describes the Cylons as
being cybernetic organisms (part organic, part robotic) and,
thus, potentially susceptible to human illnesses. In the TV
episodes, the Cylons were essentially presented as entirely
robotic (with the possible exception of the Imperious Leader),
but the BSG novels identify them as partly organic as well.
To keep the Cylons from realizing he is the
son of Commander Adama, Apollo uses the alias of "Captain Carter"
On page 19 of the story, we see a type of
Cylon shuttle not previously seen.
On page 22 of the story, the Cylons react
much too emotionally to the possibility of infection. Maybe
these are some of the same Cylons who were exposed to the
dreadful nano-cybrid infection seen in the
mini-series, leaving them in a heightened state of fear of the
very idea of infection?
On page 23 of the story, Boxey unknowingly
hits on the same idea his father did, that of conning the Cylons
into thinking all the humans on the Orestes are
infected and could spread parahelial fever to the Cylons. The
narrative box on panel 1 of page 24 suggests that perhaps there
is a level of subconscious telepathy going on between Apollo and
his adopted son. In fact,
later reveals that descendants of the House of
Kobol, like Adama and Apollo, do have mental abilities such as
telepathy that can be brought forth with training.
Apollo tells the Cylons of the parahelial fever aboard
Orestes, stating that it's particularly deadly to
cybernetic organisms. But he uses the actual Colonial name of
the disease. Shouldn't the Cylons have databases of Colonial
diseases, biology, terms, etc? Couldn't they easily find out
whether the disease is as deadly to them as he claims? Does this
mean the fever actually is deadly to cybernetic organisms?
How was Boxey and his squad of child
troopers able to enter the exterior airlock of the baseship?
Don't the Cylons keep their doors locked??
The Cylons successfully used some kind of
jamming that prevented the Colonial fleet from detecting their
approaching ships until they were extremely close. Presumably
the Cylons could still use it, because no resolution was stated
to have been found by the fleet!
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